Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Mammography

We perform digital mammography which is a higher quality X-ray of the breast. We are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) which means we adhere to strict stipulations and guidelines, ensuring you a high quality mammogram. All technologists that perform mammograms are certified in mammography. These are technologists who have received additional training and certification in the area of mammography.

It is recommended that all women over the age of 40 receive a yearly mammogram. If you are questioning whether you should have a mammogram or not, please discuss this with your health care provider.

Before Your Mammogram

  • If you have had mammograms elsewhere, please call that facility and have your results and images sent to us before your appointment. These tests will be needed for comparison.

After The Mammogram

  • You will be asked to wait while the images are being processed. The mammographer then will determine if the images are technically acceptable or if she needs any additional views necessary to include all the breast tissue.
  • Your mammogram will be read by one of our radiologists, who will send the results to your physician. You will receive a written summary of the report. If you have not received your results within two weeks, contact your physician or the Radiology department.
  • Don't be alarmed if you are asked to return for additional images. This does not always mean that the radiologist found something alarming on your mammogram - breasts cannot be positioned exactly the same from year to year, and so sometimes it is necessary to have an additional image(s) to see things clearly. If you are requested to return for additional images, the radiologist will speak to you about your results once the additional images are complete and will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Helpful Tips

  • Try to schedule your mammogram for the week following your menstrual period, when your breasts are less tender.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit to the examination, so you will only have to remove your top.
  • Don't apply powders, ointments or creams to your chest area the day of the exam, because these products can show up on the X-ray images and can make it difficult to interpret.
  • If you wear deodorant, please apply it sparingly. You will be asked to wash it off before your mammogram.